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40 Wonderful Animated Short Films Which Will Melt Your Heart

40 Wonderful Animated Short Films Which Will Melt Your Heart
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Whether it’s Disney, Pixar, or Studio Ghibli, feature length animated films can be at once breathtaking and sublime. There is a sub-genre, however, which receives less attention. Animated shorts have found a new audience since the advent of the internet, but many may still be unaware of their charms. To correct this, here’s a list of 40 wonderful animated short films to send you to a new realm of creative discovery.

1. Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

    We start things off with one of Pixar’s many brilliant short animations. This plays on the fairy tale of storks delivering children to waiting parents. Written and directed by Peter Sohn, it was shown to cinemagoers in 2009 before the feature film Up.

    2. Kiwi!

    Kiwi

      A melancholic tale of a kiwi who desires to fly. The creature has varied success with his attempts, and there’s an ambiguous ending, but there’s a certain poignancy to the story.

      3. Alma

      Alma

        Ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas developed this 2009 animation. Another melancholic effort, it is nonetheless beautifully animated. It follows a child walking around Barcelona – “alma” meaning soul in Spanish, it reflects the maudlin nature of the film.

        4. Invention of Love

        Invention of Love

          “A love story from the world of gears and bolts”, this 2010 animation boasts remarkable animation. It consists of a bolt man who doesn’t quite understand how his world works.

          5. Steamboat Willie

          Steamboat Willie

            Walt Disney’s influential 1928 cartoon involved a certain Mickey Mouse. It was the first cartoon to feature fully synchronized sound, but Disney himself assisted with the animation. It’s also the source of parodies, as The Simpsons famously lampooned the cartoon with their Itchy & Scratchy characters.

            6. Where is Mama?

            Tadpoles

              Essentially a film about tadpoles searching for their mother, Te Wei’s 1960 animation has since been construed as an allegory of a particularly time in Chinese history. It’s worth noting, however, the animation is beautiful.

              7. The Old Lady and the Pigeons

              The Old Lady and the Pigeons

                Animation specialist Sylvain Chomet began work on this short film in 1991, finishing it circa 1996. In 1997 it won the grand prize at the Annecy Animated Film Festival. Its success paved the way for critically acclaimed feature films such as Bellville Rendezvous and The Illusionist.

                8. Johnny Express

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                Johnny Express

                  Alfred Image Work’s amusing short about an incredibly lazy delivery man in the future. It’s a mildly melancholic, darkly humorous look at the potential future of delivery services.

                  9. Pong

                  Pong

                    In 2013 the BBC’s flagship movie review show, hosted by Dr. Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, held a nationwide competition for short films. Philip Childwell’s charming Pong won the competition, based around a ping pong ball whom heads on an adventure.

                    10. ALARM

                    Alarm

                      Independent animator Moo-hyun Jang’s take on a familiar concept for all of us – our respective alarms waking us up in the morning.

                      11. French Roast

                      French Roast

                        Oscar nominated for Best Short Film in 2009, Fabrice O. Jubert (formerly of DreamWorks) displays a high flying businessman running into a sport of bother in a café.

                        12. Zero

                        Zero

                          Christopher Kazelos’ stop animation film won numerous awards. This includes “Best Animation” from the LA Shorts Festival. The plot centres around a love story, with concepts such as discrimination also breaches.

                          13. Geri’s Game

                          Geri's Game

                            More Pixar based fun as Geri, an ageing gentleman enjoying a game of chess, takes himself on. It won an Oscar in 1997 for Best Animated Short.

                            14. Minions

                            Despicable Me

                              The adorable Minions from the popular Despicable Me feature films have spawned several animated shorts. In this one, two Minions bicker pointlessly about a banana.

                              15. Scrat – Gone Nutty

                              Scrat

                                This 2003 animated short was Oscar nominated. It features the squirrel Scrat from the Ice Age series; he is infatuated with an acorn and destructively anarchic in his attempts to bury it.

                                16. Lavatory – Lovestory

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                                Lavatory

                                  This 2007 Russian short film was nominated for an Oscar in 2008. Konstantin Bronzit directed, and it depicts the life of a lavatory attendant receiving a pleasant surprise.

                                  17. Harvie Krumpet

                                  Harvie Krumpet

                                    Adam Elliot (who later developed the excellent Mary and Max for 2009) directed this tale of Harvie who, despite his troubles, enjoys the simple pleasures of life. It won an Oscar in 2003.

                                    18. The Chubbs-Chubbs!

                                    ChubbsChubbs!

                                      Winner of an Oscar in 2002, this was an effort by Sony Pictures Imageworks to determine their strengths in computer animation. It follows Meeper, a janitor of an alien pub, whose efforts to do good backfire somewhat.

                                      19. For The Birds

                                      For The Birds

                                        Another fine effort from Pixar, who won an Oscar in 2001 thanks to their effort. Typically charming, it features a set of birds attempting to make themselves comfortable on a telephone wire.

                                        20. Father and Daughter

                                        Father and Daughter

                                          A Dutch animation from 2000 by Michael Dudok de Wit. It bagged an Oscar and some 20 other awards, and it follows the life of a young girl who wonders about her estranged father over many seasons.

                                          21. Bob’s Birthday

                                          Bob's Birthday

                                            From 1993 we find Bob enjoying his birthday. A cute animation, Bob begins to wonder if his dentistry career isn’t what he wanted.

                                            22. A Close Shave

                                            A Close Shave

                                              Nick Park’s enduring classic from 1995 follows Wallace and Gromit on a new adventure. Park took his skills to a new level with this story, introducing Shaun the Sheep to the world.

                                              23. The Old Man and the Sea

                                              The Old Man and the Sea

                                                Based on Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella. Its unique style, which is paint-on-glass animation, takes the story’s classic themes and adds new life. Worthy of the Nobel Prize winning author.

                                                24. Tin Toy

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                                                Tin Toy

                                                  Pixar showing off their skills once again, this time back in 1988. An Oscar winner, its pioneering animation paced the way for the likes of smash hits such as Toy Story. It depicts a young child at play with a toy.

                                                  25. The Man Who Planted Trees

                                                  The Man Who Planted Trees

                                                    Here’s another fine Oscar winner from 1987. Featuring sensational animation, it’s based on Jean Gioni’s eponymous story. It tells the tale of a shepherd’s attempts to re-forest a featureless valley.

                                                    26. Balance

                                                    Balance

                                                      Released in 1989, and winner of an Oscar in the same year, Balance is a unique tale which is set in what appears to be a dystopian future. A set of numbered men begin to, essentially, mess around in their environment as they discover the joy of having fun.

                                                      27. Bibo

                                                      Bibo

                                                        Contemporary fair now from Anton Chistiakov and Mikhail Dmitriev. Bibo is a poignant story about a lonely robot whom invents a luxurious world to ignore the severe nature of reality.

                                                        28. Creature Comforts

                                                        Creature Comforts

                                                          Nick Parks’ engaging 1990 Oscar winner which began a highly popular series. It follows creatures in a zoo who are interviewed about their experiences.

                                                          29. The Wrong Trousers

                                                          The Wrong Trousers

                                                            Nick Park won another Oscar for this superb Claymation film – by 1993 his mastery of the style was renowned. The Wrong Trousers follows Wallace and Gromit through another adventure, with a  devious penguin taking advantage of Wallace’s inventive spree.

                                                            30. Bunny

                                                            Bunny

                                                              Blue Sky Studio’s Oscar winner from 1998, Bunny follows an evening in the life of the eponymous female rabbit. She is bothered by a persistent moth in her home, which leads the way to a fantastical experience.

                                                              31. Story Time

                                                              Monty Python

                                                                Terry Gilliam transformed the surreal Monty Python’s Flying Circus into a show of utter madness. His unusual use of cutout animation was unique at the time (the late 1960s), and paved the way towards his career as a director. Story Time itself begins around the life of Don the Cockroach, but quickly spirals into mayhem.

                                                                32. Mr. Hublot

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                                                                Mr. Hublot

                                                                  Contemporary animation with the 2014 Oscar winner by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares. The story is set around the eponymous protagonist, who appears to suffer from OCD. His daily routine is shattered by the arrival of a new pet.

                                                                  33. Paperman

                                                                  Paperman

                                                                    This was Disney’s first Best Animated Short Oscar (which it won in 2013) since 1970. This beautifully looking tale blends traditional animation with modern technology. It tells the story of George, an accountant, whose paper plane making habits are an attempt to woo the woman of his dreams.

                                                                    34. Strange Invaders

                                                                    Strange Invaders

                                                                      Cordell Barker’s loveably bizarre 2002 animation about a quiet couple whose lives are turned upside down by the sudden arrival of a child.

                                                                      35. Boundin’

                                                                      Boundin'

                                                                        More animated excellence from Pixar, who were Oscar nominated again for this effort. From 2003, this time we follow the life of a sheep who is coveted amongst his peers for his excellent dancing skills.

                                                                        36. Das Rad

                                                                        Das Rad

                                                                          Stop motion from Germany’s Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel and Heidi Wittlinger. Oscar nominated in 2002, this inventive short tracks a hillside and a couple of sentient rocks from ancient times to the future.

                                                                          37. Ryan

                                                                          Ryan

                                                                            Chris Landerth’s tribute to Ryan Larkin (an influential Canadian animator). Released in 2004, it won some 60 awards (including an Oscar) for its unique style and emotional depth. Although it appears to use modern live action footage, rotoscoping, or motional capture, none of these techniques were used. It is entirely hand drawn.

                                                                            38. One Man Band

                                                                            One Man Band

                                                                              Pixar again prove their short animation expertise with a jaunty Oscar nominated film. Unusually, One Man Band is completely free of dialogue; it follows the exploits of two competing musicians fighting for a customer’s money.

                                                                              39. The Danish Poet

                                                                              The Danish Poet

                                                                                Inspiring Oscar winning animation from Torill Kove in 2006. The story follows the exploits of Kaspar Jørgensen as he travels to Norway to meet an acclaimed writer. A bittersweet tale ensues, taking in themes such as love, loss, and the nature of life.

                                                                                40. Even Pigeons Go To Heaven

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                                                                                Pigeons

                                                                                  A French short from Samuel Tourneux, nominated for an Oscar in 2007. Distinctly French in tone and style, it is also darkly humorous in its playfully melancholic nature. It follows the elderly Mr. Moulin as he is duped out of his savings, only for an unusual turn of events to play out.

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Aardman Wallace and Gromit – Jordanhill School and D&T Dept via flickr.com

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                                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                                                    84 write random letter

                                                                                      85 use a rubberband

                                                                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                                                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                                                91 iron inside out

                                                                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                                                                      keep a card like this

                                                                                                        SONY DSC

                                                                                                          94 soap bar

                                                                                                            95 make a hole

                                                                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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